Roman is an autodidact who dropped out or was kicked out of far more schools than he's ever finished. Depending on the day, he describes himself as a builder, artist, futurist or Macgyver. His career path has led him through photography, art, printing, design, furniture building, mushroom farming and now into food-tech. He's quite fond of vodkas and their lack of flavor.
Justin is a hacker and maker that gets shit done. His skills run the gamut from 3D printing, computer board & sensors, prototyping and development. He's spent the last couple years creating IoT projects for a Fortune 500 company. He's also got great taste in music, according to team consensus.
Eric is a self-starter and a problem-solver. His diverse skillset and interests make him a boon to the Sojourn Fare team. He makes his own beer, grows shiitake logs in his basement and 3D prints in his garage. Also, he keeps bees, voyeuristically monitors them remotely and harvests some amazing honey.
FOUNDER @ Lost arts & kickstarter
Charles is a trailblazer. Designer, biker, father, husband, co-founder of Kickstarter, storyteller, world traveler are other ways to describe him. These days, he's working on his latest endeavor, Lost Arts, which are communal workshops for artists, makers and builders (and technology driven mushroom farmers.) Charles has been a huge supporter of ours along the way and he's always game for a burger!
co-founder/cFO @ hodo soy
John is great. He's taught us the value of slowing down and thinking about a bigger picture, which is often hard to do when you're in it. John is a great dog owner that takes his pup to the dog beach. He's currently bringing soy to the masses and looking for ways to marry soybean waste with mushroom production. Makes sense to us.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR @ CHICAGO DESIGN MUSEUM
Tanner has a great design and strategy brain. We're fortunate to have him advising us through this journey. Formerly an interaction and experience designer at Morningstar, he's since built and now runs the Chicago Design Museum. Beyond design, he has been wealth of knowledge in relationship management and network creation. His influence in this venture has been immeasurable. You're looking at a nice website because of Tanner's feedback.
co-founder/ceO @ itsme
Pete is the CEO and Co-Founder of itsme, a startup that can turn people into animated 3D avatars and upload people into VR. Every day they produce thousands of fully rigged, textured models with no human intervention in under a minute and at no cost to the subject. Previously he was the Founding Partner at Unspace Interactive, the first Ruby on Rails development agency in the world. He is an avid photographer, a retired rock drummer and can give excellent recommendations for Portland, Oregon.
founder/ceo @ shalecast
Ben is the real deal when it comes to building products and putting prices on resources with unclear value. From new media to software platforms, this guys knows how to create a market, talk to it and learn from it. He's currently giving clarity to land owners with natural gas resources and switching power plants from coal to natural gas to lower CHG emissions. If only we'd figure out perpetual energy, he'd be out of a job and then we could swipe him away to come work for us. Anyway, he's a Texan now, so that's a long commute.
co-founder @ Borough + Block
Chris has been a life and career mentor for some years now. A professor at Columbia, marketing/pr consultant and directs a super rad new school that lets high school kids dip their toe into the client facing world to gain experience for moving forward. All sounds exhausting doesn't it!? He's got a great brain, good heart and a propensity for craft brews. He fits in well here.
Todd is a friend and has shown the value of quiet observation and synthesis. His logical brain has been a welcome addition to our occasional "bag of cats" brains. Todd also knows a shit ton about about aeroponics and hydroponics. One day, we'll grow mushrooms and tomatoes together in the same space. It'll change the game and you can thank Todd for that.